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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. To Provide a Monthly Flat Fee for the Internal Distribution of PostData as an Alternative to the Monthly Per-Subscriber Fees Presently Available Under NASD Rule 7010(s)

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Start Preamble July 23, 2004.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on June 28, 2004, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”), through its subsidiary, the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in items I, II and III below, which items have been prepared by Nasdaq. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

Nasdaq proposes to provide a monthly flat fee for the internal distribution of PostData as an alternative to the monthly per-subscriber fees presently available under NASD Rule 7010(s). The text of the proposed rule change is below.[3] Proposed new language is in italics.

7010 System Services

(a)-(r) No change Start Printed Page 45359

(s) NasdaqTrader.com Volume and Issue Data Package Fee

The charge to be paid by the subscriber for each entitled user receiving the Nasdaq Volume and Issue Data Package via NasdaqTrader.com shall be $70 per month. The charge to be paid by market data distributors for this information shall be $35 per month for each end user receiving the information through the data vendor. A distributor, as defined in Rule 7010(q)(6)(B), may distribute and use the data internally for a flat monthly fee of $2000 (rather than paying the $35 end user fee for each user). Internal distribution means providing the data to those persons covered by the distributor agreement with Nasdaq signed by the distributor taking the data. The availability of this service through NasdaqTrader.com shall be limited to NASD members, Qualified Institutional Buyers (as defined in Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933) and data vendors. The Volume and Issue Data package includes:

(1) Daily Share Volume reports

(2) Daily Issue Data

(3) Monthly Volume Summaries

(4) Buy Volume Report

(5) Sell Volume Report

(6) Crossed Volume Report

(7) Consolidated Activity Volume Report

All fees assessed under this subsection will be waived for a period of up to two months for all new subscribers and potential new subscribers. This fee waiver period would be applied on a rolling basis, determined by the date on which a new subscriber or potential subscriber contacts Nasdaq to receive access to PostData.

(t)-(u) No change

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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in item IV below. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

Nasdaq proposes to provide a monthly flat fee for the internal distribution of PostData as an alternative to the monthly per-subscriber fees presently available under NASD Rule 7010(s).

PostData is a voluntary trading data distribution facility, accessible to NASD members, buy-side institutions, and market data vendors through the NasdaqTrader.com Web site.[4] PostData consists of seven reports provided in a single package: (1) Daily Share Volume Report provides subscribers with T+1 daily share volume in each Nasdaq security, listing the volume by any NASD member that permits the dissemination of this information; (2) Daily Issue Data summarizes the previous day's activity for every Nasdaq issue; (3) Monthly Summaries provide monthly trading volume statistics for the top 50 market participants sorted by industry sector, security, or type of trading (e.g., block or total); (4) Buy Volume Report; (5) Sell Volume Report; (6) Crossed Volume Report; and (7) Consolidated Activity Volume Report.[5] Each of the final four reports offers information regarding total Nasdaq reported buy (or sell, or cross, or consolidated) volume in the security, and rankings of registered market makers based upon various aspects of their activity in Nasdaq. The reports also provide information about the number and character of each market maker's trades with respect to block volume, be it buy, sell, cross, or consolidated interest.

PostData is currently available through the NasdaqTrader.com Web site. Information is provided directly to subscribers for a fee of $70 per month. The information is also provided to market data distributors to be redistributed to their retail customers for whom the data distributor pays a $35 per month fee to Nasdaq for each end user obtaining this information.

Nasdaq proposes to establish a third method of availability for PostData, specifically, a $2000 monthly fee for internal distribution by distributors, as defined in NASD Rule 7010(q)(6)(B). This would allow customers to pay a $2000 flat monthly fee, rather than the $35 monthly fee for each end user. Both sell-side and buy-side firms that use PostData information for non-display purposes, such as for analytics or graphics, have indicated their interest in such a fee schedule because it relieves them of the administrative burden of tracking the end users that are entitled to receive the information and of reporting the number of such individuals to Nasdaq.

2. Statutory Basis

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of section 15A of the Act,[6] in general, and with section 15A(b)(5) of the Act,[7] in particular, in that the proposal provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which the association operates or controls. Nasdaq believes the internal distribution fee is equitable in that it provides a potentially more economical option to distributors that primarily use PostData information on an internal basis, and reduces such distributors' administrative burdens.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

Nasdaq neither solicited nor received written comments with respect to the proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing For Commission Action

Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:

A. By order approve such proposed rule change, or

B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. Start Printed Page 45360

IV. Solicitation of Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

Paper Comments

  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASD-2004-101. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/​rules/​sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Section, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of NASD. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NASD-2004-101 and should be submitted on or before August 19, 2004.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  The proposed rule change is marked to show changes from the rule as it appears in the electronic NASD Manual available at http://www.nasd.com.

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45270 (January 11, 2002), 67 FR 2712 (January 18, 2002).

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5.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46316 (August 6, 2002), 67 FR 52504 (August 12, 2002).

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[FR Doc. 04-17290 Filed 7-28-04; 8:45 am]

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